Yesterday, I created the Valentine card that coordinates with this envelope. While the envelope looks a bit complex, it's really not difficult to make. In fact, it took me less time to make the envelope than the card. It's such a lovely way to deliver a valentine.
Sewing Tools You Need
- Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Jem Gold 3)
Fabric and Other Supplies
- Card stock. I used one 12" square of Bazzil Basics card stock in white. I found it at Michaels.
- Patterned (or plain) paper. I used one 12" square of Recollections Scrapbook Paper in Red Stripes, also available at Michaels.
- Fabric: One 10" x 7¾" piece for the front of the card (I used Black Nosegay from Paula Prass' gorgeous Summer Soirée collection) and one 5" x 7¾" piece for the back (I used Lime Ta Dot). Both fabrics are from Michael Miller Fabrics.
NOTE: If you want to fussy cut your fabric as I did, you will need a larger piece of fabric to work with.
- One yard of 3/8" ribbon
- Spray adhesive
- Thread. I used white on both the spool and bobbin.
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat
- Pinking shears (optional)
- X-Acto knife
- See-through ruler
- Cut your fabric pieces using a rotary cutter and cutting mat. Use the fabrics of your choice, or follow what I did: cut one 10" x 7¾" piece from Black Nosegay for the front of the card. I positioned the center of the nosegay so that it was at the fold line for the envelope flap as shown in the cutting guide below. Cut one 5" x 7¾" piece for the back from Lime Ta-Dot.
- I used the red stripe paper to line the front of the envelope (Black Nosegay) and the plain white to line the back side of the envelope (Lime Ta-Dot).
- Turn your paper face down.
- Lightly spray the back side of your fabric pieces with adhesive.
- Position the tacky side of your fabric onto the back side of your paper as shown below.
- Lightly smooth the fabric and paper sandwich, using the palm of your hand.
- Using your see-through ruler, X-Acto knife, and cutting mat; trim paper using the edge of the fabric as a cutting guide. I then used small scissors to fussy cut the Black Nosegay, as shown below. The curved fussy cut will become the flap of the envelope. You can fussy cut to suit your fabric, or simply cut a straight line across about 3" below the fold line.
At Your Sewing Machine
- Place the front and back of the envelope together, paper sides in. Sew around the sides and bottom of the envelope using a 3/8" seam. Do not sew across the top. Trim close to stitching, using pinking shears, paper edge cutters or scissors.
- Fold over and crease your envelope flap.
- Position your ribbon onto your card as shown below. The length that wraps around the front should be about two feet and the other length about one foot. Attach using a zigzag stitch. Pull thread through to the back side of envelope and gently tie a neat knot. Trim thread.
- This envelope fits the Sewn Paper and Fabric Card.
- Insert the card
- Tie the bow on the back side as shown in the image at the top of this page.
Hints and Tips
You can also use gift wrap to line your card rather than scrapbooking paper.
Other machines suitable for this project include the Bernina activa 210 and the Elna 2300.